Ever since I started Splash of Teal, I wanted to create a platform with the goal to inspire women to live exciting and fulfilling lives. As moms we want nothing but the best for our kids and often remind them: live your best life, but somehow, we forget that we should say the same to ourselves. Last week I wrote Do What You Love: Bringing The Passion Back into Your Life (Part I) because I truly believe that passion for the things you do is such an important component of living your best life.
A few weeks ago I attended a #DoWhatYouLove conference organized by #girlboss Sarah Boyd, where I got to listen to and ask questions from many successful women entrepreneurs like E!’s Catt Sadler, Lili Ghalichi, Morgan Stewart, Gery Hirsch, Louise Roe, Kristen Philipkoski, Tyra Banks, who gave us a few great insights. And today, I want to share top tips I learned from these amazing #girlbosses on how to turn passion into a career no matter your age.
1. Believe In Yourself.
Did you know that when Tyra Banks started pitching “Next Top Model” to TV producers, she heard many no-s before she heard a yes? Tyra’s advice is to believe in yourself, everyone has and opinion, and not all of them are right (or nice). Don’t listen to the no-s.
2. Don’t wait, start now.
Lili Ghalichi, who always wanted to be an entrepreneur and designer was pressured by her family to choose a law career instead. After years of being unhappy, she finally quit and now owns her own company of 60 employees! Only regret, she says, was not following her passion sooner.
3. Work hard, plan, and be consistent.
If you want to live your best life and turn your passion into a success, be organized, be productive, have a plan, and keep on it.
4. Have a mentor.
Everyone at the conference stressed the importance of finding a mentor. They’ve been there and done that, and can give you insight on what you do right and what you do wrong.
5. Get a great support system.
The absolutely adorable Catt Sadler who is probably an ultimate modern working mom of two boys, 15 and 11, who works hard, is passionate about her job, and who somehow balances her family and professional life. Catt hosted the conference, and as soon as she said her concluding remarks and goodbyes, she ran to meet one of her sons and fly to New York for an assignment for E!. Raising two boys is not easy, and she said that she could never live her best life without the help from her family and friends.
6. Failure is part of success.
This one was mentioned by all the ladies ~ nothing is ever constant, failure happens, so learn from them, readjust, and move forward.
7. Always be an authentic version of yourself.
This tip is geared more toward the quality and content of the business you want to do. The advice is ~ find your platform, be authentic, be the true version of yourself, know yourself and what your strengths are, and know your value and what you bring to the table.
8. Be adoptable.
Easier said than done, but this was a very important point that Tyra brought up! All modern entrepreneurs and business owners know that the direction and the growth of the business is very dependent on consumers, and, in today’s world, quickly expanding and changing social media platforms. You have to be open to adjustment and quick in adopting to changes. Another great point from Tyra, ‘get on new platform as early as possible’.
9. Make sure to have fun.
Make sure to have fun because your to-do list will never end. Having your business is kind of like having another child, so be ready to think about it all the time. Meanwhile, never turn it into a stressful marathon towards whatever you think the end result should be. The entire purpose of you following your passion, is to enjoy what you do, so don’t forget to breath and enjoy the journey, successes and failures. If you need a boost, periodically do small things that feel empowering to you.
And last but not least!
10. Support others’ success.
We’ve heard many times that supporting another’s success won’t ever dumpen yours. Starting a new business is tough, dream chasing is even tougher, and it gets scary and lonely very quickly. And whether you are just starting out or on top of your game, networking, building relationships, empowering, and encouraging each other should be at the top of your list!